Site Accessibility Statement
Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
September 4, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Timelines and Process

Laurier began a website renewal process in late 2012, but the project got its official start in February 2014 when a new web-project team kicked-off the development process. Laurierís web-project team is working with web strategy and design firm mStoner, as well as team members from ITS and CPAM, to develop the new website. The website, which will use Hannon Hillís Cascade Server as the content management system (CMS), will be rolled out in stages beginning in mid-to-late fall 2014.

Milestones/tasks completed since February 2014:

  • Student and faculty intake sessions with mStoner took place Feb. 5.
  • The page prototypes and high-level information architecture (IA) were developed in February and March.
  • Prototypes and IA user testing was conducted with prospective students (undergrad, grad, domestic and international) and staff in February.†
  • Based on the user testing results, prototypes and IA were revised and approved by the Website Steering Committee in March.
  • Style tiles (design elements) were reviewed and approved by the Website Steering Committee in March.
  • A design concept consistent with Laurierís brand guidelines, the page prototypes and style tiles was approved by the Website Steering Committee April 30.
  • Current tasks happening in parallel include a web governance report, a content audit of the current site, and new content creation.†

Web Redevelopment Timelines*

Wilfrid Laurier University's website renewal process has two key phases. The first was a research/consultation phase to assess the web needs of the Laurier community; Laurier engaged consultants from mStoner Inc. for this. The second phase is the development of the new Laurier website, beginning early 2014. The timeline below outlines milestones for both phases.

Nov. 1, 2012

Phase 1 consultant mStoner Inc. to begin research.

Nov. 13-15, 2012

mStoner Inc. to visit Laurier to consult with representatives from specific faculties and departments, and to hold open sessions for members of the Laurier community.†

Nov. 13-30, 2012

Online forum available
to Laurier community to provide input at†

By Dec. 31, 2012

mStoner Inc. to submit preliminary Phase 1 strategy report for review by Laurier's Web Review Steering Committee.†

By Jan. 31, 2013

mStoner Inc. to submit final Phase 1 strategy report to Laurier's Web Review Steering Committee.

Summer-fall 2013

Develop and issue Request for Proposals
(RFP) to identify a suitable content management system (CMS) and web-services firm to create the new Laurier website. Laurier selected Hannon Hill's Cascade Server as the CMS of choice, and mStoner to design the website.

Winter-spring 2014

Web-development firm selected and a strategy phase of the website redevelopment begins. Components of this phase include planning the siteís navigation, marketing and communications strategy, and governance structure.

Winter-summer 2014

The creative phase of the website redevelopment takes place. Components of the creative phase include designing web page concepts and prototypes, creating a suite of web page templates, auditing the current websiteís content and developing new content.

Summer-fall 2014

The implementation phase takes place. Components of this phase include building and implementing the design of the new CMS using Cascade Server, creating and uploading content, and usability testing.

*The above timeline is subject to change and may be revised as needed. Please check in from time to time for updates.